The Classic Guide to Strategy is a compilation album by John Zorn featuring his two early solo records The Classic Guide to Strategy Volume One (1983), (tracks 1-2) and the Classic Guide to Strategy Volume Two (1985), (tracks 3-8). The albums were first released on vinyl on Lumina Records in and later re-released on Tzadik Records in 1996 as a single CD.
Inspired both conceptually and aesthetically by the bootlegs of yore, the very authorized and very corporate Trademark of Quality promo release assembles 18 previously unissued cuts from the then-current Warner/Reprise roster; designed as an instant collector's item, the cover warns retailers and journalists, "When you see it a few years from now, propped up behind the register of your favorite used record store, selling for some obscenely high price, you'll wish you'd kept it…and probably not just because of its resale value," and, hyperbole aside, it's well-worth owning even beyond its Holy Grail status. Several of the tracks – American Music Club's haunting "Love Connection N.Y.C.," the Poster Children's cover of Bob Dylan's "Isis," the Muffs' incendiary "Lucky Guy," and John Wesley Harding's autumnal "Your New Clothes" among them – rank alongside their creators' very strongest work.
Scott Bradley (1891-1977) was the musical wizard behind M-G-M's classic Golden Age cartoons. From 1934 to 1957, Bradley was the studio's resident animation composer and provided the musical identity for William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's popular Tom and Jerry shorts as well as the madcap gag-fests of animation legend Tex Avery. (…)Review on the Film Score Monthly site